Jazz vocalist Maddy Winer makes her case

Maddy Winer has opened for Dave Brubeck, Lou Rawls, David Sanborn, and Joe Sample and the Crusaders.

With Maddy Winer and Friends, the White Horse Black Mountain Wednesday Jazz Series takes a turn toward the vocal side with a night of classics from the Great American Songbook. Winer and her band of veteran players will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door. 

A successful entertainer for the past three decades, Winer grew up in a large Italian family that celebrated life, food and music. She attributes her unerring way with a song to the pop music of her youth and an early appreciation of jazz standards. She first stepped onstage at age three.

After college graduation Winer sang contemporary pop, but always included some jazz classics in her sets. A turning point came in 1985 when she was contacted by pianist/composer Loonis McGlohan, host of NPR’s “American Popular Song.” Performing songs from The Great American Songbook, Winer gathered a strong following in major venues, including a sold-out show at Lincoln center (complete with standing ovations).

Winer's work with McGlohan led to an NPR television special “North Carolina Is My Home” hosted by the late Charles Kuralt. She’s since headlined prestigious concerts as at the featured soloist, as well as opening for heavy hitters like Dave Brubeck, Lou Rawls, David Sanborn, Joe Sample and the Crusaders, Al Jarreau, Ellis Marsalis and Diane Schuur. 

Winer's latest CDs are "Heart to Heart" and "Crossroads," featuring an array of national, regional and Western North Carolina players. In this digital age, she’s also a favorite pick on the Pandora and iTunes streaming services.